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Nutrition Counseling and Depression

Nutrition Counseling and Depression

The LodeStone Center provides nutrition counseling as part of our wellness services. We have a registered dietitian who you can schedule appointments with either stand alone, or along with one of our mental health clinicians. If you would like more information, or would like to request a first visit, you can either fill out the contact form on this page and we will get in touch with you or you can also call us directly at 847-802-4058.

Depression and Nutrition:

Depression can result in an increase or a decrease in appetite, over­eating for emotional comfort, or feeling too tired to plan and fix healthy meals and snacks. Both under­ and over­eating can lead to poor nutritional status, which can affect mental health. Imbalances of carbohydrate, fat, and protein are linked to depression. Vitamins and minerals are needed in order to produce neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemicals found in your nerve cell that communicates with another nerve cell or with a muscle. The neurotransmitters are of particular interest in preventing and treating depression. Specific diets, like a typical or traditional Western, Mediterranean, or Japanese diet may not necessarily alter the risk for depression; however, eating patterns (as compared to studying individual nutrients) have shown that consuming a healthy, balanced diet is associated with a lower likelihood of depression. A full nutritional assessment of diet and supplements, laboratory tests, and evaluation of medications will give the dietitian and you information about whether these factors are contributing to depression and help you make a realistic plan for feeling better.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding nutrition counseling, please don’t hesitate to call and speak with us. We are happy to answer questions, help look into your insurance benefits or explain how counseling might be beneficial to you. If you have questions, and would like to speak to one of our professionals, contact us today.